Results 181–200 of 6346 for speaker:Lord Foster of Bath

Electronic Communications and Wireless Telegraphy (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: I absolutely accept that; my point is that we need to look at the attitude of the Government towards their relationship with bodies such as BEREC. If, even without a no-deal situation—that is, even within the withdrawal agreement, where it is hoped there will be a deal—the Government are supporting a mechanism that they have written themselves, which makes it difficult for Ofcom to be...

Electronic Communications and Wireless Telegraphy (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: Does the noble Lord agree that if he wishes to achieve that which he seeks—I entirely agree with him—there will have to be a change to Article 128 of the withdrawal agreement? That article specifically says that any invitation to attend will be exceptional and only in specific circumstances—namely, as it says in paragraph 5(a) and (b), that, “the discussion concerns individual...

Electronic Communications and Wireless Telegraphy (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (7 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, we had a full debate in Grand Committee on this statutory instrument last week and I place on record my gratitude to the Minister for the comprehensive letter that he sent to many of us following our deliberations on that occasion. I am sure that it will be a great pleasure to the Minister to know that I do not intend to revisit all the points that I raised on that occasion, with...

Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: If we follow the Minister’s logic, he said earlier that there are about 50 or 60 channels that are currently not EEA members but which are based there, and which will need a licence. They will get a six-month period, a point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Pannick. In view of what the Minister is saying, is it not quite likely that the number of channels that are in EEA EU countries will...

Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: That was not the point I was making. The point is that I understand that it is quite likely that a number of companies that are providing services to the UK, which could rely on the ECTT to not require a licence, will, none the less, make the decision that it is in the best interests of their protection to seek such a licence from Ofcom. Presumably, they will be required to do it within the...

Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: I will give a specific example: it could be in relation to the differences that exist in the advertising regime, to pick up the point I raised earlier in my initial contribution about any changes that we might make. Given that there is not a formal legal redress system under the ECTT, they may feel it better to have a licence here and simply stick to the rules that we impose.

Broadcasting (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, the Minister will be pleased to hear that it is not my intention to oppose to this instrument. As he indicated, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, we need to ensure that those companies that provide at least linear television services in the UK are properly licensed—whether they are based here or elsewhere—and that viewers are protected. However, I take a very different view from...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (continued) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, hoped that she was tail-end Charlie, and I apologise for depriving her of the appellation. In introducing this group of amendments, the noble Lord, Lord McNicol, described them as being about the smooth organisation of business post Brexit, while my noble friend Lord Fox described them as the necessary day-to-day plumbing of post-Brexit life. As we...

Gambling: Advertising Ban - Question (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, should the main focus of attention not be online? After all, that is where 80% of the gambling advertising spend goes. It is now leading to something like 10% of all 11 to 16 year-olds following gambling companies on social media. Does the Minister agree that we need to take more action to tackle online gambling advertising, and build on the new proposals from the Gambling...

Written Answers — Treasury: Taxation: Northern Ireland (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many representations they received during their consultation into VAT, APD and Tourism in Northern Ireland; and of those, how many opposed a reduction in tourism VAT in Northern Ireland.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tourism: VAT (20 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of limiting the reduction in tourism VAT to accommodation and attractions.

Gaming Machine (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: On this point, referring to the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Alton, the Minister is correct to say that the Gamble Aware target is being met, but he will be aware that it is only one of the providers of help and support to people with gambling problems; there are many others which need funding. The reality is that there are 435,000 people in this country with gambling problems....

Gaming Machine (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, having campaigned against fixed-odds betting terminals for many years, I am truly delighted that this statutory instrument is now before us, reducing the maximum stake from £100 to £2. The Minister has laid out some of the reasons why this is so important. I do not intend to repeat them, other than to remind the House that there are 35,000 of these machines in our often poorly...

Mobile Networks: Resilience - Question (11 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, any measures that improve the resilience of mobile connectivity for those that already have it will be welcome but sadly, many people, particularly in rural areas, have no or poor mobile connectivity. What steps are the Government taking to help those people? In particular, do they intend to place on the winner of the auction of the 700 megahertz spectrum a rural coverage obligation...

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the possibility of a flexible Value Added Tax regime to allow digital publications to be zero-rated; and whether they intend to make use of this flexibility should it come into effect.

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: I thank the Minister for his predictable response. He will be aware that there are hundreds and thousands of blind and partially sighted people in this country who rely on audiobooks or digital books whose print size they can alter. Now that the EU has agreed that the anomaly whereby those products are charged 20% VAT and the print books that the rest of us can rely on are zero-rated can be...

Tourism: Regulation - Question (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: My Lords, further to the question from the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, I am grateful that the Government have belatedly identified the loophole whereby some second-home owners in tourist destinations avoid paying council tax by declaring that their property is available for letting but then avoid paying business rates by making no effort to let it. Can we be assured that, following the end...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Arts: Apprentices (3 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any benefits of bringing the creative industries’ current voluntary training and skills levy within the scope of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Arts: Apprentices (3 Dec 2018)

Lord Foster of Bath: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to monitor the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on the creative industries sector; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the Levy compared to other types of employer investment.


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